It was the sound of barking that led hurried Capitol Hill staffers to look away from their BlackBerries as they walked by the third-floor caucus room of the Cannon House office building Tuesday.
Inside the sprawling room, where the carpet was covered in plastic, handlers showed off dozens of four-legged friends and encouraged visiting staffers to adopt them on the spot. The orphaned puppies and kittens were brought in as part of an awareness program by the American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals and the Congressional Animal Protection Caucus.
Many staffers stopped by to take pictures with the animals before retreating back to their offices with beaming smiles. The gathering offered a rare moment of bipartisanship in this dog-eat-dog city known more for catfights than cuddling.
“Animal welfare is a bipartisan issue," said Nancy Perry, senior vice president of ASPCA Government Relations. "We stand united in our appreciation of the vital services provided by the thousands of community animal shelters nationwide.”
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